Campaign Manager

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 30

Position description

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

In addition to the IRC's programmatic work, the IRC has been a major champion of refugee rights and refugee resettlement worldwide. But the new political environment in the US, Europe, and elsewhere has called into question long-held public commitment to supporting these most vulnerable individuals. The plight of refugees is all too often lost amid the noise of a supercharged news cycle, making it harder for the IRC to keep public attention focused on protracted conflicts around the world.

The IRC now seeks to break through the current political narrative on refugees and reframe the challenge in a way that promotes a more just, humane welcome for those fleeing from conflict and persecution. The President's Office has led an internal competition among staff to develop innovative, breakthrough ideas that reframe the problem, target new audiences, and build unlikely coalitions in support of refugees. This position will support the next phase of this project.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Senior Campaign Manager role will take the internal challenge into its next phase, managing the research, design, and testing of two breakthrough ideas developed as part of the challenge. S/he will provide project planning and problem-solving support to the two projects, in addition to supporting research and testing for the projects as needed. This is a three-month fixed-term position with potential for an extension as necessary. S/he will work out of the Office of the President, but will work with team members across a range of departments and offices at the IRC. This is a challenging position which requires strong strategic problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal skills, a high level of personal initiative and the ability to work well in a distributed, multicultural, fast-paced environment.

Previous professional experience in advocacy or PR campaigns, project management, or organization management is mandatory. A top applicant will be a detail-oriented self-starter with strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to think critically. S/he must be an enthusiastic team player with excellent organizational skills.

Based in the IRC Headquarters in New York City, the role will report to the Director for Policy and Planning and the Policy and Planning Officer within the Office of the President.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage the design, development, and launch of two projects developed by the breakthrough challenge.
  • Engage closely with staff across the IRC who are responsible for developing and implementing the two projects and their tactical components.
  • Personally drive specific components of the two projects by coordinating the team, provide problem-solving support, facilitate decision-making and consensus-building within the team, and ensuring the team hits key deadlines.
  • Rigorously test key assumptions undergirding the two projects related to both the theory of change, as well as the feasibility of implementation.
  • Proactively pursue sources of data and insight needed to inform the project and develop a research strategy to acquire these key pieces of data.
  • Closely manage progress against objectives, highlighting roadblocks as soon as they arise and taking ownership for high-quality timely delivery.
  • Provide regular updates to the Director of Policy and Planning, the President & CEO, and the Leadership Board regarding the status of the two projects and timeline for implementation.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Director for Policy and Planning; Policy and Planning Officer
Other Internal and/or external contacts:


  • Leadership Board, including Senior Vice Presidents and the CEO and President
  • Regular engagement with senior IRC stakeholders in leadership positions

Relationship ownership with stakeholders in relevant departments at VP levels and below


As needed

Job Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • An advanced degree in communications, marketing, public policy, business, international development, human rights, behavioral science or another field related to the IRC's work
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in a project management or campaign management role
  • A results-driven approach to work, proven personal initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to work proactively
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and to anticipate and overcome barriers to success
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders
  • Capability to manage and make progress against multiple simultaneous demands in short time frames, and to adapt to new challenges in a dynamic context with shifting priorities
  • Experience interacting and communicating effectively with members of a complex organization at multiple levels
  • Comfort with MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Preferred Additional Requirements

  • Experience working on a large integrated marketing or brand campaign
  • Experience developing a project or campaign from ideation to execution
  • Experience of working with women's movements and feminist networks, including movement building and/or supporting women's activism for change
  • Experience in a humanitarian or development organization, or similar
  • Experience designing and implementing behavioral science research, preferably including rapid randomized controlled trials
  • Skilled in human-centered design, user testing, user story development, participatory action research, and other product development techniques in a wide range of projects
  • Experience in a humanitarian setting or development context

Working Environment:

  • Standard office work environment
  • Potential travel as needed

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